19-Week-Old Baby Walter Lived Only Minutes After Birth After Unexpected Pre-Term Labor

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30-year-old Alexis Fretz was 19 weeks pregnant with her third baby when she noticed a small amount of blood. By the end of the day, her son, Walter, would have been born, and died in her arms.

While in the waiting room at the hospital waiting for an ultrasound, Fretz started to feel pain. Hours later, she knew she was in labor.

Soon the light bleeding increased in the pain intensified. “At this point there was no break between the contractions. Just as one finished another would start. I knew that I was at the end. I didn’t give up hope, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that I was losing my baby.” Fretz wrote in her blog.

Then, Fretz got the news that she had been dreading to hear. “Were going to deliver the baby.” the doctor told Fretz. ‘I immediately started bawling and asking if there was any other option,’ Fretz wrote in her blog. Baby Joshua was born at 9:42pm.

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Joshua was born fully formed. “I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest,” Fretz wrote in her blog

Fritz says she released the images not to stir controversy, but to rase awareness about pre-term labor, a tragedy that affects more than 1 million American women each year.